Back in August of this year one of my blogging friends, Hedy, who blogs at SloppyBuddhist posted some wonderful horse photos. Immediately, I thought her photos would make great sketch references. With Hedy’s permission to use her photos I placed them “in the que” of sketch material. I have finally made it around to creating […]Read more "horsey see horsey draw"
Here are a few digital sketches I have created lately. The sketch immediately below was created in Procreate with my iPad and Apple Pencil. The goal was to create a loose sketch, the proportions got a little wonky but I really don’t mind. I sketch for fun and artistic freedom so I was fully satisfied […]Read more "A few digital sketches"
If you have been a reader of my blog since I began my journey into sketching, you may remember that I have struggled with trying to achieve a looser sketch style. In the past I have obsessed with accuracy and trying my best to achieve realistic results. This inner expectation of realistically rendered sketches has […]Read more "Be a happy artist"
Below are a couple of sketched studies that I did recently. The first one is white pencil on black paper. Using a reference photo I found online I was trying to simply capture the light that was falling across the subjects face and fingers. The eyes and most of the face in the reference were […]Read more "A couple of pencil studies"
I thought I would share a few sketches that I have done lately. None of these are too complex or exhaustive studies. Most of these have been sketched just to keep the hand eye coordination strong and give me a reason to make marks. When I created the sketch below my goal was to convey […]Read more "A few sketches"
Here’s a sketch that I did a few days ago. This was done in a single sitting. Playing around with toned gray paper. This was created in a Strathmore Toned Gray 5.5″ x 8.5″ (14 x 21.6 cm) sketchbook. For this sketch, I used a 0.9mm mechanical pencil with 2b lead, blending stump, & white […]Read more "Portrait sketch on toned gray paper"
I’ve been spending time with a new tool, new software, & new possibilities. A few weeks ago I splurged a bit and bought a new art creation tool. I had been curious about and itching to get my hands on a pen display tablet for some time. This curiosity came to a head a few […]Read more "Something new"
Just a bit of sketchbook experimentation I have seen other artists create portraits using a 4 color Bic pen and I wanted to give a shot as well. It was a nice experience seeing some color on the page for a change. I have a bit of ink bleedthrough from some handwritten notes on the […]Read more "Trying out a 4 color Bic"
I have been wanting a sketchbook with black paper for a while. I finally purchased one in early January along with a 3 pack of white Sakura Gelly Roll pens in white. The pens came in 3 weights 10, 08, & 05. The portrait below was sketched with the 05 and 10 weight pens. The […]Read more "Chimpanzee Portrait"
Pure Joy…That’s how I would describe this man’s expression.Read more "A purely joyful expression"
Hello everyone, Work around the house has slowed a bit, so I now have a little more free time. I wanted to share this drawing with you that I created back in August. This is a graphite drawing of a snarling wolf. My intention was to leave a significant amount of negative space around the […]Read more "Snarling Wolf"
Another primate portrait. I really enjoy drawing primates, it seems there is so much thought and emotion behind their eyes. I also find the wrinkles and patterns of their faces interesting to draw. This portrait was finished just a few days ago. It was created in my sketchbook using a 0.9mm mechanical pencil with 2B […]Read more "Gorilla Portrait"
Another older gentleman with an expression that I could pass up. I do enjoy sketching the older faces. There’s just so much life written into their skin. This man’s expression seems to convey concentration and pure determination. Based, on his expression I don’t believe I would want to get in his way. Thanks […]Read more "The look of determination"
Greetings, today I am sharing another portrait from my sketchbook. This was created in July of this year. I came across a photo of an older gentleman cupping his hand to his ear in an apparent effort to increase his ability to hear. I found the act and his facial expression to be so characteristic […]Read more "Come again?"
Good morning all. I am the only one stirring so far this morning. I enjoy the peaceful reassuring silence of the house on these early weekend mornings. I do, however, share the silence with our loyal 4 legged girl, Katie. She is old, quiet, and all so content, to simply be. Laying on the floor […]Read more "Silent Peaceful Solitude"